Columbus Crew SC added a couple more players during the third and fourth rounds of the MLS Superdraft today as they selected forward Connor Maloney and goalkeeper Logan Ketterer to close out the 2017 edition of the draft.
In the third round the team picked up Maloney, a Penn State attacker. He was the 49th pick overall. He was a key cog for the Nittany Lions, making 73 starts during his four years at the school. During his senior year, he lead the team with seven goals and four assists in 2016 and earned his third straight appearance on the First Team All-Big Ten Conference team.
While Maloney had played defense as a Freshman he quickly made his mark as an attacker. He ended his college career with 26 goals and 17 assists.
The team also added a third goalkeeper to the roster after picking Ketterer from Bradley University. Ketterer was a career backup before earning a starting spot as a senior. He finished with 51 appearances and 16 starts. He recorded a solid 1.37 goals against average during his college career.
Ketterer will have a chance to win a spot as Crew SC are currently carrying Brad Stuver and Zack Steffen as the only other goalkeepers on the roster. Gregg Berhalter often prefers more depth at the position and has carried at least three during his time as Crew SC head coach.
Columbus under Berhalter has had a mixed record in the draft, but they’ve found a few keepers in the later rounds. Adam Bedell was drafted in the third round of the 2014 edition and Marshall Hollingsworth was selected with the last pick of the second round in 2016.